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Nic: so how are things going? Jules: oh ok but I need to sell the house but doubt anyone will buy it in the current economic climate Nic: you sound pretty calm about the whole thing Jules: well not much I can do about it still I'm sure something will turn up and things will work out one way or another in the end... Nic: and other cliches... Jules: exactly! I'm sure a cliche will turn up and save the day!
'do you know what makes me really happy?' 'is it sleeping with lots of different women when you're supposed to be in a committed relationship?' 'No! Why are you so bitter?' 'Ha ha I'm not actually - but in answer I refer you to my previous question...!'
'what you reading Jules?' 'it's called "It Must Be Beautiful - Great Equations of Modern Science' 'bloody hell..!' 'no, it's really interesting. Here's a quote from it - "Atoms can be seen as engaged in a constant quest to find the perfect partners with which they can bond to form stable entities by sharing and exchanging electrons" - that sounds like us don't you think?' 'yes it does - sounds quite sexy actually!' 'and it goes on to say ' an atom consists of a positively charged nucleus surrounded by a cloud of negatively charged electrons. It's unique identity lies in the number of positively charged protons in its core' 'so that's our problem then - we're surrounded by too many negatively charged electrons?' 'haha -probably but for electrons substitute a**holes! No, our problem is that we haven't found the perfect partner to bond with and share and exchange electrons with ' 'Yeah well I could have told you that! Anyhow I still prefer the equation I came up with the other night... that there's a direct connection between how the more you like someone the less likely they are to pay you any attention' 'well yes that does pretty much sum it up I suppose!'
This blog is intended as the literary equivalent of a set of photographs. Snapshots in time if you like. I just wanted to capture moments in my life and those of my friends....Don't know if it works but that's the thought behind it. The music? Well I think life should have a soundtrack. And an occasional poem.....